by Capt Craig Lambert
I just don't see a lot of people fishing right now and they are missing out because it sure is a fantastic time to be on the water. Fishing is decent to very good right now and it just seems to be doing nothing but getting better everyday. This last little bit of flooding did hurt the northern portions of the bay system but it gave me and others a chance to move around and check out different areas.Mike with his personal best! 6 pounds
For the past 2 weeks the San Jacinto and Trinity Rivers have been fresh and the trout have vacated. But the salinity values are already on the rise so I am expecting those areas to be producing trout soon. West Bay has some nice fish in it and they are definitely hanging in the shallows. I became stuck on shallow reefs on more than one occasion trying to be shallow enough to stay on the fish. The wade fishermen have a distinct advantage over my heavy 24 ft bay boat in the shallows and they are cleaning up. Its a little tougher in the boat but that is life. West Bay has a ton of smaller fish that are almost everywhere which means next year's crop is going to be fantastic. Grinding Hard!
Picking your days is easy right now. The worse the weather the better the bite. This is especially true for the bigger fish. The older smarter specks seem to feel more comfortable feeding in adverse weather conditions and at night. I always snicker at what some anglers think good fishing conditions are. Every time I hear someone say it doesnt look good because it is going to rain I just cringe. Give me some rainy, drizzly, nasty conditions and I will show you some awesome fishing!Look at those foggy nasty trout catching conditions!
March is finally here and along with it is Spring Break. And that means a lot of boys and girls on my boat. Kid trips are very special and they are totally different from an adult trip. Most kids do not care what they catch so targeting "the Big 3" is not necesarily the goal. Making sure the young ones catch a lot of fish is how you make them happy.Nice drum and perfect kidfish
Let's start out with the really young ones (ages 5-9). For young ones I keep a few 6 ft rods (med-heavy) with very small rod handles(6 inches or less) so that they do not have to struggle with adult size rods. Try to find areas similar to the rock walls in Campbells Bayou or the deeper holes in the back of Greens Lake or the Galveston ship channel that are ideal areas for catching lots of panfish. The next age bracket is 9-13 years of age. The experience level of kids this age can go both ways. I have had 10 and 11 year old kids that were better than some of their parents. Experienced young anglers like this can drift fish for trout and reds and they will have no problem fishing like adults.How awesome is this picture.
Kids 13 and up can definitely fish with adults. Just make sure the guide or one of the adults (if not on a guided trip) are working with them the whole time. Casting for them if necessary, baiting their hook and helping teach them how to use the rod and reel properly. Don't forget to talk to them about conservation. Most kids want to keep everything they catch so make sure and take the time to talk to them about catch and release and the importance of our fishery for their future.
Everybody have a safe Spring Break and see you on the water.